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Surprisingly, because I'm not very social, many of the highlights of the trip thus far are the people Jve met.
Traveling the Southern Tier in April and wondering if anybody can give an average cost to this trip with camping and some motels. This will be my first big tour. How hard is it? Many mountains?I found lots of free camping, some of it in impromptu roadside sites, and the occasional motel room was usually reasonably priced. I didn't employ stealth at all and when wild camping camped in plain sight. That worked pretty well once well away from either coast.
I am in San Antonio, I can fly Delta to Newport News, but they charge $200 for a bike to travel, plus then I would have to ship my travel case home or to the finish. Southwest flies to Richmond, but that is a long way from the start. Is there a local bike shop that would receive my bike for me? I suppose I could send it to a UPS store or similar, leaves the issue of getting from the airport to the store. Just thinking that people have done all this before, so there must be an easy way.I'd fly Southwest to Richmond and either start from there or ride the 67 miles to Yorktown. I never fly Delta if I can avoid it. Alternately I'd ship the bike to the start and use the bus to get there. In the grand scheme of the TA riding 67 miles to the start is really a pretty minimal diversion in fairly flat country.
Does anyone know if there is a guidebook to the Trans Am Trail, like what "Cycling the Great Divide" is to the GDMBR? I have done a fair amount of searching, but no joy.I am curious what utility you want from the book. I found the AC maps had all the detail I wanted when I did the TA, the PC, and the ST.
Just did a quick check and see that the ACA described the GDMBR as:If that's a good description and the single track is both a "dash" and not too tightly wooded or hemmed in by rock walls, then the 1200GS is a suitable machine.
"The big, bad granddaddy of epic mountain bike routes. 2,700 miles of primarily jeep roads (with a dash of pavement and singletrack)"
That sounds like what the GS and KLR were designed for.
It would be interesting to know the type of motorcycles the above posters saw on the GDMBR. I suspect most were 250 to 400 cc single cylinder relatively light trail or dual purpose bikes.
The BMW 1200GS you ask about is a very large, very heavy motorcycle of the type called an "Adventure" motorcycle and mainly intended for dirt roads and similar, not single track trails. Along with it's legality you might try to determine how suitable that particular motorcycle is.
Agreed, but I do also recommend stopping and comparing notes with folks going the other way when you get the chance. It is worth it for the chance to meet other cyclists, but also for info sharing. It is a good way to learn about great places to stay, things to avoid, and things not to be missed.You will meet fewer people headed in your same directionYes, fewer, but much more meaningful. I might spend perhaps 10-15 minutes with cyclists on the road going in the opposite direction, but perhaps weeks with cyclists going in my direction.
one bike had a 28x32...you could pull out tree stumps with that..lolIt depends on the rider, the terrain, and the load carried, but it seems like the majority of tourists would find that gearing too high. 24x32 is pretty common among touring cyclists and many go lower.